Don’t Breathe (2016)

Director: Fede Alvarez
Writer/s: Fede Alvarez, Rodo Sayagues
Starring: Stephen Lang, Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto, and more.


There comes a time where some films really leave you feeling a certain type of way through the experience they have just projected onto a screen. Then at other times, a film could leave you angry, upset, desiring your money back, or maybe all of these and more. Luckily, this post is going to focus on the first bit. August 26, 2016 marks the theatrical release of the thriller, “Don’t Breathe”. This film has created quite a buzz since its trailer emergence but as all horror thrillers normally go; how does the final product fare with the hype generated? Find out yourself or continue reading this RIVETING (and spoiler-free) review and get the details here from Oberrated himself!
 ‘Don’t Breathe’ follows three thieves living a life of crime just to make it by in Detroit, Michigan. After receiving a tip on what seems to be an easy job of robbing a blind man sitting on a gold mine of cash. The job quickly becomes anything but easy when they are caught in the act of stealing and it turns into a life and death scenario as the blind man hunts them down in his own house. However, when the escaping thieves find out a morbid secret hidden in the house about the blind man, his story extends to lengths never imagined.
As I teased in the intro, ‘Don’t Breathe’ is a film for the ages. A wild ride from beginning to end. To start off, and nothing is revealed here, there are no good guys in this story. As witnessed in the trailers, we are watching three thieves and a man with a dark secret (via locked up girl in the basement seen in the trailer). As an audience, we get pulled in all kinds of directions to find a side to pick throughout the film and this was awesome for me… There are no brakes applied to the “thriller” concept of this film. This one is intense and violent from the get go and it presents frequent “wtf” moments over and over… Beyond the story and elements of the film, I have to give appreciation to the cinematography, score, and sound effects (or lack of). The film places the audience in a state of suspense with the way it goes completely silent and, at times, only allows the sound of light breathing come through the speakers. Creating an absolutely chilling experience.
One of the best films of the year for me. Suspenseful and chilling from beginning to end. Highly recommended.
Rating: 4/5


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